Following the various discussions above about the film Melody, I have just spent a relaxing evening watching it on DVD. I worked out that the last time I saw it was 1985.
What a fantastic film. Alan Parker's first screenplay, David Puttnam's first feature film as producer, directed by Waris Hussein (director of the first ever Doctor Who in 1963) and with a truly beautiful music score by the Bee Gees. I can see why it has such a cult following.
I can confirm that none of the fairground scenes were filmed at Battersea, contrary to many reports. The amusement park scenes were all filmed at Chipperfield's defunct amusement park at Weymouth, and the coaster scenes were on Chipperfield's Wild Mouse. All of the rest of the seaside scenes were also at Weymouth. I don't know why my 26-year-old memory placed it in Clacton!
The Battersea Fun Fair confusion could be because one of the teachers accuses Daniel and Melody of visiting BFF, when they had actually gone to the seaside.
Described as "one of British cinema's most cherished films", it certainly makes for an entertaining 100 minutes. And I only realised this evening that it was largely filmed in Kennington (London) on the street where I lived for several years (after I last saw it, so the penny only dropped tonight!).
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